Just like in the classroom, my students LOVE to play games on Zoom. Here is a list of ten fun games that you can play with your students during your next Zoom or Google Hangouts lesson!
1. Guess the Sound
This game has been a great way to either begin or end my Zoom lessons. I simply play the video, then pause it right after the sound is played. The students send me their guesses in chat, and then I press play again to see if they are correct. They love it, and luckily he has several videos like this to choose from! 2. Guess the State
I have always done Mystery Skype activities with my students where we met up with another classroom, and we had to guess the state they lived in before they guessed the state we were from. Because of the current situation, we weren't able to do that, BUT, I was able to adapt the game to our Zoom classroom lessons.
The students each had a copy of this map, which I had also uploaded to my PowerPoint lesson. They could ask me yes or no questions in order to guess the mystery state I had chosen. Some sample questions might be:
Is this state bordered by water?
Does this state start with the letter M?
Is this state in the South?
They marked x's on the states that did not fit the criteria based on my answers. They tried to guess using less questions than the day before.
Boggle is another game that easily translates from the classroom to the Zoom environment. Students can write their answers on paper, send them in chat, or call them out as they see new words.
You can create your own Hangman games here and share your screen on Zoom to play them with your class. You can use them to review vocabulary or spelling words, or simply to share a fun message with your class! 6. Bingo
Have your student use the whiteboard feature on Zoom to draw pictures for their classmates to guess what they are. You can use vocabulary words as the clues. 9. Scavenger Hunt
Send your students on a scavenger hunt to see who can find the most items on your list. You can make it academic by asking them to find things that relate to your content standards. For example, I teach 4th grade, so I might ask them to find examples of right angles, or arrays.
10. How Well Do You Know Your Teacher?
When I saw this post on Betsey Jenning's Instagram, I thought it would make the perfect end of the year game! Make a PowerPoint with questions about yourself to see how well your students know you!
I hope these games give you some ideas for fun things to do with your students during your Zoom classes as we finish up the school year on-line!